February 9, 2009

Past Due: First Notice

I had my membranes stripped today. I've never been so eager to be stripped in my life. Well, maybe not NEVER, but still.

Yesterday was my due date, so as Shannon put it, I'm now "looking at my due date from the rear view mirror." And my birthday is tomorrow. I've made no small deal about forbidding this child to come on my birthday, but I know she's going to do it anyway, just to spite me. She's already pushing my buttons!

I went to my scheduled OB appointment this morning, and it started off pretty routine: pee in this, step on the scale, smear this on your belly, etc. Then my doctor walked in, looked at me and said, "Still pregnant, huh?" "Tell me about it." She then said she'd check my cervix (finally! This is the first time since my 3 month appointment that they've offered to put something up there!) and then offered to "strip the membrane" meaning separating the cervical opening from the amniotic bag. I know, TMI. Whatever. But I'm at 2 cm dilated, she stretched me to 3 with the stripping, then said I had a high pain tolerance when I asked, "Is that it?" Apparently some of you women out there think that's a pretty medieval procedure. Personally, I was happy to have any progress whatsoever.

This past weekend, we've tried some of these "home remedies" to get things going. I've gone on long walks, purchased and self-administered castor oil (and got the sweaty shakes with no contractions), invited my masseuse friend over, tried vigorous joining behavior, and yesterday after church, Ted even tried shaking a bag of peanut M&Ms and wafting their fumes near my birth canal to try to lure her out.

Saturday night was a birthday gathering for my old friend and former roommate, Megan, who was born 6 days before me. She announced at the party that she is 2 months pregnant (congratulations!) and is therefore still in the sick stage. So we took a picture of the two of us, her just starting, and me trying to end.



I'm kidding. We really don't feel that way, so we had to take a more realistic pose:



So, anyhoo, I really am taking any suggestions for inducing labor at this point. A friend of mine said margaritas were a good idea, so just to be sure, I had two. Ted didn't seem to mind the "imbibing." (Before anyone runs out and calls Child and Family Services, don't worry, those are the most virgin drinks ever made)



Do I need to send our child its first eviction notice? Her lease is up at nine months, and I don't see any rent paid for an overstayed welcome.

11 comments:

Megan said...

I hear there's a Williams Sonoma salad (dressing) that might do the trick. Or there's speed bumps/train tracks. And, then there's the really fun way that Ted gets to help with. *giggles* :)

dietcokegrrl said...
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dietcokegrrl said...

I decided that I was way too preachy in my comment. So, I'll just shut up and say hang in there and get Ted involved!! :)
XOXO
Doris

JG said...

This is Gary's mother-in-law and I say there is one cure that no one has mentioned....TIME! Always works. Of course you are not obligated to be patient. That is NOT in the contract!

The Hyer Family said...

Thanks for the shout-out...and thanks for the text message at 1:30 AM about said "joining behavior"...hang in there girl...I'm looking forward to dinner tomorrow night, so no labor till after that...and no more castor oil...it'll just make you "relieve yourself" out the wrong end...PS...you look fab in that picture with Megan...honestly girl, you wear your pregnancy well...

Emily S said...

I almost called you this morning to empathize with that awful feeling of waking up the day after your due date. In your own bed. With no baby. Ugh. But I wondered it it would be an irritating "rub-it-in" move, so I'll just say sorry now. I don't think getting your membranes stripped hurts at all, either, btw. I drove the windy road to Heber and ate some of Sara's fajitas and went into labor after that . . . that's my last suggestion.

Jean said...

Hang in there, chica!! Now that you've been stripped, that won't be holding you (her) back, so hopefully it'll happen soon. AHH!!! I'm so excited for you. I was 9 days late, though, so keep watching movies and taking naps and reading. Enjoy the peace and quiet!!

Stacey said...

I was born 16 days after my due date, and my mom calls me every year on Oct. 2nd to remind me of the torture I put her through for that 2 1/2 weeks before I (reluctantly) decided to come. Just remind your sweet little girl of all you went through for her for the rest of your life...

The Facks of Life said...

First of all, I'm soooo happy to hear about the high pain tolerance. It might be more of a pop-right-out rather then a slow squeeze after all. :)

I'm so glad you're feeling better, I've been worried about you ever since.

Please, please, please try to enjoy your miserable mommyless time for me. I'll miss you as one of my kid-free-friends.

With that said...go online and check out every natural method of inducing labor....other then the one you've already tried. No more of that crazy!!!!

Harv said...

Oh, you wanted a virgin margarita - you should have told me that before I mixed in the Curacao. I heard that was an inducer as well. Don't hate me for trying. I can't believe how much you grew since Saturday. I think the girl wants something to brag about to the other babies. BTW- where's BowelMovementHarvey on your favorite blogs list?

Jean said...

P.S.
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAY!!!!

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